Read of the Month – Memoirs of A Geisha
It is not the first time I have sat and lost myself in this book. Within the first few pages I was transported into Chiyo’s world and joined her on her journey from being sold with her sister into slavery by their father after their mother’s death to becoming Sayuri, the beautiful geisha accomplished in the art of entertaining men, is the focus of this fascinating first novel.
Although I started off with a book in my hand, I flitted to audiobook so that I could continue Chiyo’s journey whilst I was out and about. Having not listened to an audio book since I was very young (the book may have been a Beatrix Potter tale) this was a revelation and on holiday, I plan to take Kindle and audio books with me rather than filling my case with paperbacks!
Whether in text or being read to, the detail in the story means that you see everything and truly capture the moment. The colours of the rich Kimono’s are brought to life and you could easy be sat at the back of the Tea Rooms watching the rituals. References to historical facts makes the story feel real rather than fantasy and although a romantic tale of sorts, I also found it sad.
Walking home and listening to the time Sayuri spent far north living with Nobu’s old friend, Arashino, a kimono maker during the war, I felt that this part of the story was rushed a little. Such a vast about of time only referenced before she travelled back to Gion to entertain as a Geisha once more. Do not let this put you off reading the book though, it is just my opinion and you may think differently.
Next month’s read is The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances.